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Six different Rams showcased their talents for the last time this season, suiting up for the 2018 Pro Bowl.
Quarterback Jared Goff, specialist Pharoh Cooper, punter Johnny Hekker, long snapper Jake McQuaide, left tackle Andrew Whitworth, and running back Todd Gurley each made the trip to Orlando for the NFL’s annual all-star game — participating throughout the week in a variety of skills showdowns, all culminating in Sunday’s contest.
Unfortunately for the Rams’ conference, the AFC overcame a 17-point halftime deficit and four turnovers to win the game, 24-23.
Here’s how the Rams stacked up at the 2018 Pro Bowl:
— Running back Todd Gurley didn’t see too much action in the NFC’s pass-heavy offense. In total, the NFC only recorded 60 yards rushing on 19 attempts. Gurley finished the day with five carries for nine yards, and two receptions for 13 yards.
— Whitworth, who had been a standout leader on the left side of the Rams line this season, was asked to play right tackle in the Pro Bowl. He started the game at left tackle, but also played on the right side throughout the contest. allowed just one sack in the game to the Broncos’ outside linebacker Von Miller.
— Goff and the Saints’ Drew Brees saw the most extensive playing time at quarterback. The first-year Pro Bowler entered the contest in the third quarter, completing 10-of-18 passes for 86 yards and no interceptions. In his first drive, Goff hit Vikings’ tight end Kyle Rudolph and 49ers’ fullback Kyle Juszczyk for back to back first downs, before leading the NFC into field goal range.
But with less than a minute left on the clock, Goff was stripped on a sack by Denver outside linebacker Von Miller. The AFC recovered the football and drained the clock for the win.
— The AFC did not punt at all on Sunday meaning no action for Cooper as a returner on special teams. But he did get to see some playing time as a wideout in several snaps.
— On special teams, McQuaide and Hekker teamed up for one punt of 60 yards. While the booming punt was impressive in its own right, according to Hekker, his best asset came in the form of his holds. Hekker held the football on each of the NFC’s four field goals on Sunday.